James Harper is a business owner and jack of all trades.
Harper said, "I have five trades, so I have to go out and do other things."
He owns floor boys incorporated a flooring service that does everything from installing carpet to tile.
But today, he's at the Alabama Career Center applying for another job.
Harper's keeping his options open and doing well. But in a down economy, recent layoffs like the ones at Sarah Lee and the Ansell Corporation are the stories you hear about first.
When Pemco closes in April, even more residents will be without work.
Houston County Commissioner Mark Culver says despite this, things are picking up in the circle city.
Culver said, “Our numbers are significantly down from what they were seven months ago. There was a time when our unemployment was up to about nine percent and it's down to about seven now.
Places like the Alabama career Center are pitching in to help. Site manager Pam Cutchens says often times finding a job when you're unemployed can be a job in itself.
Cutchens said, "Building a resume is not as easy as it sounds. A lot of people need help with that. Sometimes it's just a spot check [and] sometimes it's to actually start from the ground up."
For Harper, any positive news on the job front is good news for him and his employees.
Harper said, “My purpose is to help other folks. I'm blessed, I’m doing good, I just know a lot of people out of work."